LONGMONT — After a disappointing 2011 season, the Skyline baseball team got exactly what it needed Saturday.
Brandon Moore and Michael Miller combined on a two-hit shutout, while center fielder Adam Reigle led an explosive offensive attack in a 10-0 season-opening win over visiting Montbello at Skyline High School.
“We had good pitching and everybody played as a team,” said Reigle, who went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and two RBIs. “It felt good to get a win today.”
Skyline, which has grown accustomed to playing deep into the playoffs, went 5-14 a year ago. With a young lineup — seven of Saturday’s nine starters were freshmen or sophomores — the Falcons needed a boost to kick start the season.
“It’s huge to just see the kids come out and have big smiles on their faces,” assistant coach Dale Nehls said. “They know that they competed and at the end of the day they did things they were supposed to do to win. The whole day in itself was exactly the way we wanted it for these young kids, to come out and just be nervous and have the butterflies, but at the end of the day come out just do what they know how to do.”
Nehls led the squad Saturday in place of head coach Michael Hoog, who had to sit out Saturday’s game because he was ejected from the final game of 2011. When a coach is kicked out of a game, he must sit out the next game.
Even without Hoog leading the charge in the dugout, the Falcons jumped on the young Warriors early.
Catcher Garret Angstead led off the bottom of the first inning with a single. Reigle drove him in with a single, and then Moore ripped an RBI triple to make it 2-0.
Skyline tacked on two more runs in the third and three more in the fourth. In the sixth, they added three more to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Overall, Skyline had 15 hits, with Angstead going 3-for-3 and Miller, Moore and Aaron Soriano each belting two hits.
Moore, one of two active seniors on the roster, pitched a gem. He was perfect through three innings and took a no-hitter into the fifth. He allowed just one hit and struck out eight over five innings of work. Miller pitched a scoreless sixth to finish off the Warriors.
The performance gave the Falcons some confidence going forward.
“We really, defensively, played like we were supposed to,” Nehls said. “If we throw strikes, which we threw strikes today, and we play defense and we get people on base, we’re going to score people. If we do that we’re going to be very successful in what we do.”
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Skyline 10, Montbello 0
At Skyline H.S.
Montbello (0-1) 000 000 — 0 2 4
Skyline (1-0) 202 303 — 10 15 3
W — Brandon Moore (1-0). L — Daniel Castanon (0-1)
Montbello hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Miguel Soto 2-0-0-0, Jose Iboa 3-0-0-0, Ricky Soto 3-0-0-0, Daniel Castanon 3-0-1-0, George Hernandez 3-0-0-0, Jose Ibarra 2-0-0-0, Oscar Herrera 2-0-1-0, Marcos Martinez 2-0-0-0, Jalon Martin 1-0-0-0, Brandon Tate 1-0-0-0. Totals 22-0-2-0. 2B — Castanon.
Skyline hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Garret Angstead 3-2-3-1, Tyler Hamby 2-0-0-0, Adam Reigle 4-3-3-2, Michael Miller 4-1-2-2, Brandon Moore 4-2-2-1, Rod Painter 4-1-1-0, Gehrig White 2-0-1-1, Davide Costazza 0-0-0-0, Aaron Soriano 3-0-2-1, Andrew Stoop 3-1-1-0. Totals 29-10-15-8. 2B — Reigle, Miller. 3B — Angstead, Moore. SB — Angstead, Reigle. Sac — Hamby, Soriano.
Montbello pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Castanon 5.1-15-10-7-3-7.
Skyline pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Moore 5-1-0-0-1-8, Miller 1-1-0-0-0-0.